In today’s world, our kids are in constant contact with technology. It’s everywhere! But, as we all know, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing (like the four brownies I ate yesterday). I find myself constantly nagging my children with, “Turn that thing off and go outside!” It seems, everything is plugged in these days including our children.
When James (Rio Vista Camp Director) and I travel to colleges to search out summer staff, we are constantly noticing the lack of social skills in our youth today. Our society seems to be producing young adults who have no idea what social graces are. They interact through text, tweet, Facebook and Instagram, never having to interact face to face or even over the phone. Additionally, their entertainment is a multi-million dollar industry that is overwhelming to the senses and takes little to no creativity on their part. So we are ending up with socially inept adults with very little creativity. Oh wait, I saw an app for creativity!….yes it’s Pinterest (awesome site by the way).
So what can we do as a family?
Now, I’m going to be completely honest with you…. if I could live outside, I would! This is precisely the reason I’m a camp director and is exactly the reason why I have a degree in Recreation Therapy and Psychology. I am also incredibly goofy and married an equally silly fella (Justin Rumbo). Together Justin and I are raising two comical little girls. We are faced everyday with the complications of raising children while balancing our spiritual life, marriage, finances, careers, school…etc (you know the list, you have one too!) Somewhere in the midst of all that chaos, our family life and having fun gets thrown to the wayside to accommodate the LIST! To an Outdoorsy Recreation Therapist and Camp Director, it kind-of feels like oppression. I’m clawing at the walls of my cage here (dramatic sigh). When we do get a free day? The absolute last thing I want to do is interact with my family through technology.
Our family has a little tradition we call, FANTASTIC FRIDAY (It’s more fun if you yell it)! Every Friday we do something as a family that’s both fun and interactive. No technology, just creative pure fun! My children look forward to this day all week. You know the old saying, “Kids spell love T-I-M-E, ” it’s true!
As a camp parent…. We are extending this tradition to you. Get out there and do something fun, be creative and get silly with your kiddos. Each week (starting next week bc we will all be enjoying our families over Thanksgiving away from the office) we will post a fun game or activity you can do as a family. If you have some good ideas share them (along with some incriminating pictures of course).
Sierra Vista Director